Saturday, March 27, 2010

Abby's New Favorite Game

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Abby's First Easter Egg Hunt!

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Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Faces of Abby

This is just a glimpse of some of the many faces of Abby:

She has already mastered "the look."  Just like her mommy :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Abby & Her New Toy

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Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dear Mia

Dear Mia...

You saw the light of day for the first time last year, and I was there to help welcome you into the world after you'd been in it for a few hours. I remember instantly feeling an overwhelming sense of love for you when I laid eyes on you...I remember you had a FULL HEAD of hair...I remember the little feeding tube you had in your nose...I remember the excitement I felt when I drove to see you during that week...

I know things didn't work out and your mom decided to keep you after all...but I just want you to know wherever you are, that I have not forgotten you. I wonder what you look like now...I wonder where you are...I wonder how big you've gotten and how much you're getting around now...I wonder what life would be like if you were still with us...I wonder...

You've always got a place in my heart...I pray the best for you and your family...I pray that God is placing people in your path on a daily basis that will offer you love and show you that He cares about every aspect of your life...

Wherever you are...


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Have to add this one too!

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July 23 2009

Kickin' It Old School

I was trying to post new videos of Abby from Grammy & Popie's last visit but somehow my computer has "misplaced" them (grrrr.)  But I came across this blast from the past!  Abby probably wasn't quite 4 months old in this video!  She is so tiny but so absolutely adorable!  It makes me sad seeing how fast time has gone!  Enjoy!

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Friday, March 5, 2010

A funny new parent freak-out

I guess freak outs are a part of every new parent's life for the first year (or two or eighteen).  But this was too funny not to share. 

Last night, Abby was in a fantastic mood. She was gabbing and playing with her new walking toy.  She was chasing the dogs and being her usual adorable self.  As the time grew closer to 8, we knew it was coming close to bath time.  She dropped a bomb (seriously this chick can clear a room) so we moved bath time up a bit.

As I was undressing her to get her ready for her bath, I see this bright pinkish-purple "rash" under her chin to her neck.  I freaked.  Holy cow, my daughter was pink!  I started screaming (yes screaming) for John to come upstairs.  So he comes running and I quickly show him her "rash."  His immediate response was to take her to the ER.  I think we need to call the doctor first.  So we talk back and forth meanwhile Abby is happily playing with her toes and enjoying her naked time.  We just didn't understand.  She was in such a great mood, what could be wrong? 

So we make the decision to at least start by getting her in the bath.  John could bath her and I would call the pedi's after-hours line.  As John starts the bath water, I take a wipe and start wiping underneath Abby's chin just to see how she responses.  She was still happy as a lark.  But I look at the wipe.  It is pink.  The more I wipe the pinker the wipe gets and then I notice the mystery "rash" is disappearing. 

I started to laugh.  I called John in to show him.  Abby had been wearing a hot pink shirt.  Where she was teething and drooling like a mad lady, her shirt had gotten wet which caused her chin area to turn pink.  I felt so stupid.  We had a good laugh about it and were thankfully that we were able to save our pride instead of showing up at the ER or calling the doctor raving like idiots.

Just think of the fun the ER nurses would have had with us had we taken her in!  Oh the joys of new parenthood!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!

We just received word today that Abby's adoption is FINALIZED!  We are now officially and legally a family of 3!  Not that we needed a piece of paper to tell us that but boy does it feel good to have everything finalized!  We have been counting down to this day for the last 8 months.  I always wondered how we would feel when it was over and I can say that I am completely overwhelmed with emotions!  I cannot even say "our adoption is finalized" out loud without crying!  We are just so thankful and grateful and blessed.  God is so good!  Words cannot express our gratitude towards God and towards Abby's birth mother has given us the honor of parenting such an amazing little girl.  We are just amazed!  Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers along this journey and will continue to cherish them on the journey ahead!